Gene Hicks' Thunder Mountain, Albert bred, Black & Tans.
Since 1964, our Black & Tan hounds have been bred successfully for Racoon, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, and Bear.
Gene Hicks, Owner, Breeder, Trainer, with one of his favorite Black & Tans, GRAND NITE CHAMPION, GRAND CHAMPION, PKC CHAMPION, 'PR' HICKS THREE TIME ALBERT.
A BREED BUILDER'S CREED
Success, be it mighty or humble, operated for private monetary gain or public weal, or both, must base its' right for continued success on one's ability to consistently maintain an improving position in its field.
An inherent love for good hounds, gave birth to a widely known strain of hounds called the, "THUNDER MOUNTAIN BLACK & TANS". Today, some 48 years later, they are world famed and called the, "ALBERT dogs". Ambition has made expansion inevitable, and as time passed, an interest, and a sense of responsibility toward the breed was generated. A seal was born to breed the world's best Black & Tan hounds. A constant search, a requirement of the best blood of the breed, an intensification of the blood of the best, and by selective breeding over the years, is what our hounds are today.
I feel we have the soundest bred strain of Black & Tans in existence. We will continue to do our best to keep improving them each year. You are invited to avail yourself of the fruits of our breeding program.
I pledge and promise to you, to strive, breed, and promote the best Black & Tan hound possible. I remain a loyal and true Black & Tan fancier.
Yours for better Black & Tans
Gentlemen, come along and take a look at some of our most famed Black & Tans. We've owned and trained very many good hounds, but lack of space will only let us show some of our finest. Let's go back to the beginning, in 1964.
Gene Hicks, the early years
CH. HICKS' BIG FLASH, My first reg. Black & Tan SIRE-GOSSETT'S GRIT DAM-GOSSETT'S JUNAS
CH. HICKS' BIG FLASH
Flash won 36 trophies in the hunts and shows.
'PR' HICKS HI-TONE TOPSY 1970 Hiwassee River Club Champion Championship-11 hunts
NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION 'PR' THUNDER MOUNTAIN MINGO SIRE-THUNDER MTN. MARK - GOSSETT BRED DAM-CH. DOSS' QUEEN- WAGNER BRED
Mingo was my first big stud dog. He was very hot, and in public demand in the 1970's.
NITE CHAMPION 'PR' HICKS' SWEETWATER SMOKEY
GRAND NITE CHAMPION- GRAND CHAMPION 'PR' HICKS BLACK BANDIT
The next big hound that I was proud to own, in the late 70's and early 80's, was HICKS' BLACK BANDIT. BANDIT was a Bloodworth bred B&T.
Best Female of Show
NITE CH. GRAND CHAMPION THUNDER MTN. BLACK SQUAW
1980 Black & Tan Days
SIRE-HICKS' BLACK BANDIT
DAM-THUNDER MTN. ROSE
Top stud in 1980 Sire-Chester Ring Stover Dam-Thunder Mt. Maggie
GRAND NIGHT CHAMPION
'PR' HICKS DYNAMITE DAN
Dan was a great hound that did not get treed on in his lifetime. Dan won three first place cast to become a NITE CHAMPION.
Won - Five straight cast to become a GR. NITE CH.
Won - Fourth place at GRAND AMERICAN in 1987
Won - HIGH SCORING B&T at 1985 GRAND AMERICAN
Won - First Place - ENGLISH SECT., Maynardville, Tn
Won - First Place - 1984 at SOUTHERN CLASSIC
Gene and Joan Hicks are pictured with GR. NITE CH. DYNAMITE DAN. Picture taken after Dan's big win at the 1987 GRAND AMERICAN
CH. NITE CH. OAKCHIA LUCY
SIRE- GRAND NITE CH. DAPPER DAN
DAM- GRAND NITE CH. THORNILL'S JULIE
CH. NITE CH. OAKCHIA LUCY, or better known as #1, was the start of the LEGENDARY ALBERT HOUNDS. I bred LUCY to NITE CH. COAL MTN. MORK, and from this cross came, NITE CH. THORNHILL'S HOPELESS. HOPELESS was the dam of GRAND NITE CH. - GRAND CHAMPION 'PR' HICKS' BIG TIME ALBERT. The sire was GR. NITE CH. OAKCHIA WILLIE BOY.
CH. NITE CH. OAKCHIA LUCY was by GRAND NITE CH. - GRAND CH., DAPPER DAN, and the dam was GRAND NITE CH. 'PR' THORNHILL'S JULIE. DAPPER DAN was a WAGNER bred hound. JULIE was by NITE CH. LANDRUM'S RAINBOW, who was by NATIONAL GR. NITE CH. 'PR' HART'S BLACK DIAMOND, who was mostly a GOSSETT bred hound. JULIE'S dam, JONES SOUTHERN BEAUTY, was by GRAND NITE CH. TENNESSEE RAMBLER, and RAMBLER'S dam was mostly GOSSETT breeding, therefore, the ALBERT BLACK & TANS go back to the GOSSETT and WAGNER dogs.
UKC - GRAND NITE CHAMPION, UKC - GRAND SHOW CHAMPION, AKC - NITE CHAMPION
'PR' HICKS' BIG TIME ALBERT
SIRE - GR. NITE CH.
OAKCHIA WILLIE BOY
DAM - NITE CH.
1990 - WINTER CLASSIC - WON GR. NITE CH. OF BREED
1990 - WON BLACK & TAN SECTIONAL, AT DAYTON, TN - WON HIGH SCORING HOUND
1990 - BLACK & TAN DAYS - WON SECOND PLACE GRAND NITE CH.
1991 - GRAND AMERICAN - WAS DOUBLE CAST WINNER AND HIGH SCORING BLACK & TAN
1991 - AKC SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HUNT - HIGH SCORING DOG ON FRIDAY NIGHT
1992 - GRAND AMERICAN 11TH PLACE SATURDAY
1990 - GEORGIA HALL OF FAME - HIGH SCORING B&T AND DOUBLE CAST WINNER
1992 - GEORGIA HALL OF FAME - GR. NITE CH. WINNER WON- 18 OF 21 CASTS IN COMPETITION
Gene Hicks with TWO TIME ALBERT.
SIRE - BIG TIME ALBERT
DAM - GEORGE'S MAGIC SUE
Mitch Loggins with TWO TIME ALBERT.
A winning combination, any way you stack them.
TWO TIME ALBERT was a LIVING LEGEND. He was probably the greatest BLACK & TAN hound to ever live. Any dog to ever win a cast against him was lucky, and there was not a dog that ever beat him twice. He was absolutely, the fastest, and the most well-balanced hound that I've ever seen of any breed. He was a coon treeing classic within himself. Our Breeding Program today is solely centered on TWO TIME ALBERT.
TWO TIME ALBERT'S WINNING RECORD
GRAND NITE CH. GR. SHOW CH.
'PR' HICKS' FOUR TIME ALBERT
SIRE - GR. NITE CH. GR. CH.
HICKS' THREE TIME ALBERT
DAM - HICKS' BLACK ROSEY
GRAND NITE CHAMPION, GRAND SHOW CHAMPION 'PR' HICKS DIAMOND BILL was a littermate brother, to the famous TWO TIME ALBERT
Mitch Loggins with GRAND NITE CHAMPION, GRAND CHAMPION, 'PR' LOGGINS' FOUR TIME FLOYD. Floyd was sired by, THREE TIME ALBERT. Floyd's dam was THUNDER MOUNTAIN MANDY, Also pictured, is Ray Loggins and GRAND NITE CHAMPION HICKS' THREE TIME ALBERT. THREE TIME ALBERT, was sired by TWO TIME ALBERT. THREE TIME ALBERT'S dam was GR. NITE CHAMPION FLIPPO'S DRIVING MISS RUBY.
NITE CHAMPION THUNDER MTN. BRANDY AND HICKS' BLACK PEPPER
GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND SHOW CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' PRETTY BOY ALBERT
SIRE - GRAND CHAMPION - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - HICKS' THREE TIME ALBERT
DAM - 'PR' HICKS BLACK PEPPER
Left to right - GRAND CHAMPION - THREE TIME ALLIE, DUAL GRAND - PRETTY BOY ALBERT, DUAL GRAND - THREE TIME ALBERT, AND DUAL GRAND - THUNDER MOUNTAIN ELI.
GRAND CHAMPION - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' SWEETWATER SAILOR
Here are two of my all time favorites. Left to right - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - PKC CHAMPION - 'PR' THUNDER MOUNTAIN ELI, and GRAND CHAMPION - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' SUNDOWN RYDER.
GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' SUNDOWN RYDER
FINISHED NITE CHAMPION with three first place wins
FINISHED GRAND NITE CHAMPION in six casts
2005 - UKC WINTER CLASSIC NITE HUNT CHAMPION
2005 - UKC NATIONAL GRAND NITE CHAMPION of BREED, AT AUTUMN OAKS
2007 - First place winner, GRAND NITE WINNER, at BLACK & TAN DAYS - Saturday Night
2009 - UKC WORLD QUARTER-FINALS at DECATUR, TN - Double Cast Winner, Second Place over-all
2009 - UKC WORLD HUNT FINALIST - TOP 100
GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - HICKS' SUNDOWN RYDER
SIRE - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - HICKS' THREE TIME ALBERT
DAM - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - HOLLOWAY'S TENN. LADY
'PR' HICKS' THUNDER MOUNTAIN ELI
SIRE - GRAND CHAMPION - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' THREE TIME ALBERT
DAM - GRAND CHAMPION - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - 'PR' GARRETT'S DANCING DAISY
UKC - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND SHOW CHAMPION
PKC - CHAMPION
2005 - DOUBLE CAST WINNER - UKC WINTER CLASSIC
2005 - CAST WINNER - AUTUMN OAKS
2005 - CAST WINNER AND HIGH SCORING BLACK & TAN AT GRAND AMERICAN
2006 - CAST WINNER AND HIGH SCORING BLACK & TAN AT GRAND AMERICAN
2004 - MONROE COUNTY COON CLUB, WON HIGH SCORING DOG OF THE YEAR AWARD
UKC NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' SIX TIME ALBERT
UKC NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION, THREE WINS TOWARD GR. NITE CH. - 'PR' HICKS' SUNDOWN SASSY
ALBERT and SASSY are littermate brother and sister. They are sired by, GR. NITE CH. - GR. CH. - 'PR' HICKS' SUNDOWN RYDER. Their Dam is THUNDER MOUNTAIN BEAUTY. ALBERT finished NITE CHAMPION with, two first place cast wins, and a second place cast win. He was the high scoring dog of the hunt with competition, at 2010 TENNESSEE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.
SASSY finished NITE CHAMPION in three hunts, with two first and a second, to win her NITE CHAMPION degree. Before her untimely death last year, SASSY had won three wins toward her GRAND NITE CHAMPION DEGREE.
ALBERT and SASSY are strong line bred ALBERT dogs, with a double shot of TWO TIME ALBERT in them.
ALBERT and SASSY treed
'PR' THUNDER MTN. A.J., A young hound sired by SIX TIME ALBERT
If you're interested in a good BLACK & TAN, give us a call. We would like to ALBERTIZE you. Most of the time, we have puppies and started hounds for sale. Also, we have Stud Service available from, GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION 'PR' HICKS' SUNDOWN RYDER, and from NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' SIX TIME ALBERT.
HOME PHONE - 1-865-213-3958
CELL - 1-423-326-5217
EMAIL - Johic8@aol.com
11070 Blue Springs Rd
Sweetwater, Tn 37874
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